Sunday, October 16, 2005


This Age

Friedrich Schiller, The Robbers, I, 2 (tr. F.J. Lamport):
I hate this age of scribblers, when I can pick up my Plutarch and read of great men.

Mir ekelt vor diesem Tinten klecksendem Säculum, wenn ich in meinem Plutarch lese von großen Menschen.
Erkeln isn't in my pocket German dictionaries (Langenscheidt or Harrap). The brothers Grimm define it as "nauseare, dolere." "Tinten klecksendem" is literally "ink-stained." So an alternative translation is:
This ink-stained generation makes me sick, whenever I read about great men in my Plutarch.

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